President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with the law enforcement authorities of the MS-13 street gang and border protection, in the Cabinet Room of the White house, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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President Trump under emergency signed Declaration for American Samoa Sunday evening after the South Pacific Islands last week were hit by the Tropical storm Gita.
Trump’s Declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security and the FEMA coordinates the disaster relief efforts.
Tropical storm Gita is causing some damage to buildings and widespread power outages early Saturday morning, a day after its closest pass to the Islands. The airport and the port in Pago Pago were closed Friday because of the storm.
Hanna Butler, a spokeswoman for the Fiji-based Red cross-Pacific, told Reuters that around 300 people had to be evacuated Apia, capital of Samoa, on the run from floods, but were now returning to their homes. Butler added that many people were without clean, running water.
American Samoa is approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Hawaii.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.